Cell After Cell After Cell
14 of #100DaysToOffload
I would love to publicly declare how my mind has evolved to the point where I wouldn't harm a fly.
But I can't, because I do harm flies.
When a bluebottle enters the home or garage, its minutes of life are numbered.
In the past, I would never have given a second thought to swatting a fly. But now, I pause and reflect. The insect represents much more.
It is life.
Sometimes, but not always, when one of my darling cats has a mouse cornered, I take pity on the small creature and rescue it.
That is if I can get my gardening gloves quickly and can catch the thing.
To some, the small mouse is vermin. In the four years, Jasper and Jules have been part of the family, not one mouse has dared enter our house.
But look at the mouse again.
The mouse has two eyes, a nose, and mouth.
The mouse formed in a womb, the egg divided, then from two to four cells. Then from four to sixteen. Cell after cell, until 21 days later a mouse is born. Well, more likely five to eight mice.
When you go to pull a flower from the ground, imagine for a moment the energy it took for it to reach the stage of bloom to attract you.
From seed, the flower sprouted. Then a new leaf, then a blossom. The nutrients in the soil provided nourishment, the sun shown down its rays of light and the rain worked its magic.
Sorry to mention flies again, but on a recent run I got tormented by a few, so I had the ingenious idea of breaking a branch from a tree to use as a swat.
I didn't try to kill the flies, just scare them away.
The thought then occurred to me.
The branch took weeks to grow. It had a few leaves, soft bark and once peeled back you get that fresh woody smell.
But I come along and just snap it like it was nothing.
All these forms of life grow slowly, cell after cell after cell.
How can I justify harming them, or ending their existence?
A life force has created these plants and creatures.
It is as if the plants and animals were given a moment to be awake before being snuffed out by a careless or thoughtless act.
What of the human cells that get snuffed out before their time?
On the news today was the story of a young mother and three children killed in a car crash.
The three little children were three adults who never got to be. So much life and love lived up to that moment and then gone.
But not all cells are worthy of protection. The cancer that killed my Dad grew cell after cell.
Another cancer on earth could kill us all. The want and destruction of the Amazon forest, the lungs of the planet. Not so much cell, after cell. Thousands of square kilometres of forest are destroyed every year.
Just some random thoughts.
And in case you wonder. I will keep cutting the grass cells on the lawn.